Originally from Albia, Iowa, Junior Justin Stoffa enjoys the small size of Simpson’s campus.
“I really like being able to walk across Campus and see familiar faces, but at the same time am able to meet new people throughout the whole year,” Stoffa said.
Stoffa has learned a lot over his past three years at Simpson. Reflecting back on his experience, he has been taught more from the people he has met than any class could teach him.
“I have learned that it’s important to be myself no matter who I am around,” Stoffa said. “I have really enjoyed getting to know all different kinds of students who have come to Simpson from different backgrounds. I feel that I have learned a lot from them, and have broadened my perspective on life.”
Stoffa has been a Student Government Association Senator for the last three years and is working on his business management major and marketing minor. He is also a pitcher for Simpson’s baseball team. Although Stoffa did not originally plan to participate in baseball, he is grateful for becoming apart of the team freshman year.
“Going out for baseball has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made,” Stoffa said. “I have met a lot of new friends and it has given me the chance to continue playing baseball at the Division III level.”
With baseball season beginning, Stoffa is finding free time a little scarce. When free time does come along, he enjoys a laid back scene which usually involves Mario Kart with his girlfriend.
“Sometimes things can get a little heated in battle mode, but once the dust settles it seems that we always have a great time together,” Stoffa said. “I unfortunately don’t get a lot of weekends free, but when I do I like to go home and see my family. It’s always nice to go back for a while, maybe get some clothes washed and eat a good home cooked meal.”
Stoffa appreciates the differences in others and thinks this is an important attribute in college.
“I think for new students, I would have to say just be yourself, don’t try and conform to those around you,” Stoffa said. “College is a chance to know yourself and what your beliefs are on all the things in life. Try something new, you never know what’s in store until you try.”